We saw unexpected hits like Control and Disco Elysium, stellar remakes of Resident Evil 2 and Link’s Awakening, excellent additions to classic series’ like Fire Emblem and Luigi’s Mansion, and bold first steps for new franchises like The Outer Worlds and Jedi: Fallen Order.
Here you’ll find all of IGN’s picks for the best that gaming had to offer in 2019.
Best Games of 2019 By Platform
Best Games of 2019 By Genre
- Best Action Game
The best game primarily focused on combat and active/reactionary tests of skill.
- Best Action-Adventure Game
The best game that offers a blend of skill-based combat/survival and environmental exploration.
- Best Adventure Game
The best game focused on story, decision making, and exploration.
- Best Puzzle Game
The best game designed to test the player’s puzzle-solving skills.
- Best Shooter
The best game focused on first or third-person shooting mechanics.
- Best RPG
The best game with a focus on decision-making and story elements coupled with statistical progression.
- Best Platformer
The best game focused on a combination of environmental traversal, puzzle-solving and combat.
- Best Strategy/Tactics Game
The best games with a focus on tactical combat, team oversight and resource management.
- Best Fighting Game
The best game in the fighting genre.
- Best Racing Game
The best game in the racing genre.
- Best Ongoing Game
For excellence in games that receive regular content updates and continued community support.
The Best Game Design/Craft of 2019
To be eligible for 2019’s Game of the Year awards, a game must have released on or before November 30, 2019. In deciding which categories to hold awards for this year, we wanted to make sure we were able to champion a variety of games from many different creators, and in some cases highlight what made each category special.
For instance, we’re now giving awards for Best Platform Exclusives as opposed to just the “Best Game” on each platform. After all, with so many great exclusives on each (well… most) platforms, we feel it wouldn’t be particularly interesting to give essentially the same award to one game across several different platform categories.
We also wanted to acknowledge the talented performers who are so instrumental in bringing a game to life. As such, we’ve added a Best Performance category to highlight some of the great work done by voice actors and motion capture artists across the industry.
Which categories would you want to see added next year? Let us know in the comments!
Art for IGN’s Best of 2019 is by Julia Rago, Justin Vachon, Angela Nguyen, and Nicole Cagampan.
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